Rotary Club of Seaside, Oregon Club Seaside, Oregon Club

What is Rotary?

We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.

 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:

We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.

We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.

We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.

We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.

 

WHAT CAUSES DOES ROTARY SUPPORT?

Rotary Areas of Focus

 

Rotary International has identified specific causes to target to maximize local and global impact. Understanding that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.

Through our network of resources and partners Rotary International helps clubs focus their service efforts in:

  1. Promoting Peace
    Today, 65 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.
    Learn how Rotary projects address the structural causes of conflict
  2. Fighting Disease
    More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.
    See how Rotary projects provide low-cost health care
  3. Providing clean water
    More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.
    See how Rotary is building sustainable clean water and sanitation facilities
  4. Saving Mothers and Children
    At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.
    Watch how Rotary helps bring health care to mothers and newborns in rural Haiti
  5. Supporting education
    Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
    Watch how a Rotary grant helps bring tablet technology to students in Fiji
  6. Growing Local Economies
    Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
    See how Rotary helps workers achieve better wages and working conditions

 

Rotary Structure

Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

 

Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.

Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.

The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.

Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.

 

Rotary Partners

When Rotary partners with other organizations, we multiply the impact made by either group on their own. We call this the "Rotary effect". From local food banks to global humanitarian organizations, we work with a wide variety of partners, including:

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Global FoodBanking Network

ShelterBox

UNESCO-IHE

UNICEF

United Nations

World Health Organization